workshops

 SUMMER 2020

COVID-19 Announcement: We will resume IN PERSON work on July 6. We've taken additional space for the summer and have lowered our workshop numbers to keep our writers safe. Plus, much of our work will happen outside on our lovely grounds.  MASKS are required to enter our building. *If finances are an issue, please contact us to discuss  partial scholarships.

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914.643.6573

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take me back to teen/youth offerings
take me back to teen/youth offerings

Creative Writing

Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Realistic Fiction. Humor. Anything goes in this workshop where writers build and practice the skills needed to create strong, interesting characters whose stories are bursting to be told. We will read excerpts from published writers, engage in short writing challenges, and look at style, grammar and editing. Risk-taking and revision will be celebrated!

Two Offerings

Session 1

Dates: July 6 – July 10 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least one private writing conference*

Session 2

Dates: August 3 – August 7 (REGISTERING NOW)

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least one private writing conference*

For: 8th -12th grade students

Cost: $460

(4 maximum)

*Private session will be scheduled once workshop begins

Creative Personal Narratives

Your first overnight. Your first dive. That time you got lost or tasted raw oysters or felt betrayed or accepted a crazy dare.

 

Personal narratives are a lot of fun to write because they are about YOU, and no one knows more about you – what you think, feel, remember, wish – than you. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for students to work on writing skills as they explore moments from their lives and tell their stories. Personal narratives combine essay with creative writing. The result is poignant, vibrant writing that celebrates the writer. Finding each writer's unique voice and helping him/her discover the larger impact of chosen moments is one of several goals.

Dates: July 27 - July 31 

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least one private writing conference*

For: 8th -12th grade students

Cost: $460

(4 maximum)

*Private session will be scheduled once workshop begins

Skill Building

Sharpen those skills and return to school ready to write. Punctuation, grammar, language use, and organization will be the focus of this intensive. We'll bring a sense of humor to an often dry subject as we deliver clear instruction on how to use a comma, structure effective sentences, choose the correct homonym, avoid those dangling participles, and so much more. Using fun, often silly, activities, students will give their editing skills a workout each day and leave with stronger skills and a better understanding of the power of clear writing.

 

Two Offerings

Session 1

Dates: July 13 - July 17 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 4 - 5:15 pm

For: 8th -11th grade students

Cost: $125

(4 minimum; 8 maximum)

Session 2 (middle schoolers only)

Dates: July 20 - 24

Times: 4 - 5:15

For: 6th - 8th grade students

Cost: $125

(4 maximum)

 

On-Demand Writing

 

Return to school this fall ready for all that on-demand writing. Learn and practice the skills and strategies needed to tackle any piece of on-demand writing with confidence. Whether it's the SAT, ACT or In-class essay, your child should feel at ease and in control when sitting down to write.

 

Dates: August 24 - 28

Times: 11-12:45

For: 8th -11th grade students (full/call for waiting list)

Cost: $220

(4 maximum)

 

Playwriting

All the world's a stage, right? But without a good script, it's a pretty boring one. This introduction to playwriting will focus on developing narrative and character through realistic dialogue, conflict and action. We will read excerpts from plays, tackle short, playful challenges, and act out each other's works-in-progress. The goal of the week is to complete one performance-ready scene, to have a developing understanding of how to write a play, and to have fun. Toward the end of the week, writers will meet with teen actors from the theater company Arc Stages and see how their words look with legs.

 

Dates: July 13 – 17

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least one private writing conference*

For: 9th -12th grade students

Cost: $460

(4 maximum)

*Private session will be scheduled once workshop begins

 

The College Essay CRUSH

 

This two-day, six-hour college essay intensive will arm your senior with the skills and direct feedback needed to write an authentic, dazzling essay. Students will leave with solid drafts of the common app essay and an understanding of what they need to do in order to confidently hit SUBMIT. Show those colleges who you are. #Crushtheessay Click here to learn about private coaching opportunities.

 

Three Offerings

Session 1

Dates: July 20 & 21 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 11:00am - 2:00pm*

Session 2

Dates: August 5 & 6 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 4:00pm – 7:00pm*

Session 3

Dates: August 25 & 26 (REGISTERING NOW)

Times: 4:00pm – 7:00pm*

For: Rising Seniors

Cost: $350

(5 maximum)

 

*Each participant gets one follow-up feedback/editing exchange with Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried

 

Writer's Workout

 

Have an intense and fun writing workout each day. This week is for teens who want to work on the craft of writing. We will engage in a variety of short activities in order to condition and strengthen overall writing skills. From personal narratives to reader response to editorials to film reviews to persuasive arguments, an assortment of writing challenges will give writers the chance to hone their writing and thinking. Editing skills and grammar rules will be taught.  

Two Offerings

Session 1

Dates: July 27 – July 31 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 4:30 – 6:30

Session 2

Dates: August 10 – August 14 (full/call for waiting list)

Times: 1:00 – 3:00

For: 8th -12th grade students

Cost: $275

(4 maximum)

Young Writers:

MURDER AT THE MARMADUKE

 

We'll bring the CREATIVE back to writing as we write murder mysteries. A variety of writing prompts will give writers the opportunity to explore story, character and language. We will also read excerpts from mysteries and discuss how authors create mood, develop character and move a story forward. In true workshop style, writers will share their work and offer constructive feedback. We'll also work on specific grammar rules and organizational strategies. Having fun is a priority!

Dates: August 10 – August 14 (REGISTERING NOW)

Times: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

For: 6th – 8th grade students

Cost: $275

(4 maximum)

Private Writing Intensive

 

 

 

We all know those kids – the ones with a partial screenplay or novel or short story on their computers. Here's their opportunity to finish. This special summer coaching opportunity will help your teen move forward with a writing project that has been rattling around. At a reduced summer rate, your teen will set up 5 private 45-minute sessions with one of our writing coaches. Coaches will read and discuss the works in progress, listen to the writer’s goals and questions, and set a time-line with clear goals to help writers move forward. Package must be purchased by July 10. Spots limited. (FULL)

 

Dates: Scheduled throughout the summer
For: 8th  – 12th grades (high school graduates class of 2020 are welcome, too)

Cost: $450*

*reflects summer discount

College Conversations

Helping Parents Maintain Sanity During The College Application Process

Don't get pulled into the swirl of anxiety that too often consumes families during the college application process. Connect with other parents, get informed, ask your questions, share your worries. In a non-competitive, good-humored environment, we will listen to your concerns and frustrations (and there might be a lot of them!), help expand your understanding of the Common App essay,  supplemental essays, and the Common Application, and try to help you keep perspective. In order to keep your senior calm and positive throughout this process, you need to stay calm and positive. That's hard to do, especially with a 17-year old in the house. Let us help.

Dates: Three week nights this summer, TBA

Times: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $75

For: Parents or caregivers of high school seniors

(4 minimum; 8 maximum)

The College Essay CRUSH

This two-day, six-hour college essay intensive will arm your senior with the skills and direct feedback needed to write an authentic, dazzling essay. Students will leave with solid drafts of the common app essay and an understanding of what they need to do in order to confidently hit SUBMIT. Show those colleges who you are. #Crushtheessay

Two Offerings

Session 1

Dates: September TBA and TBA

Times: 11:00am - 2:00pm*

Session 2

Dates: October TBA and TBA

Times: 4:00pm – 7:00pm*

Cost: $350

(4 minimum; 8 maximum)

 

*Each participant gets one follow-up feedback/editing exchange with Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried

The College Essay LAB

Three hours of quiet, focused, supervised time to help your senior MOVE FORWARD. One of our coaches will be here to field questions, prioritize tasks, ease anxiety, and have private writing conferences. This is for seniors who already have working drafts of their common app essay, are ready to revise and also tackle needed supplements.

Come for 1, 2 or all 3 hours.

Cost: $45/hr.

$125 for all 3

LAB 1: TBA

LAB 2: TBA

LAB 3: TBA

One-Night Writes!

Join our creative writing series. Each Friday workshop will have a different theme. All workshops focus on developing craft, honing skill, and encouraging risk taking. Sign up for individual or all workshops.

Fridays, 6-8:30

Cost: $75 per workshop

Teens only

All Dates TBA

All Things CREEPY

Dark shadows, spooky noises, creaks and squeaks in the night. The fall is brimming with wonderfully sinister things, and we love it. We’ll hone writing skills by exploring the creepy writings of others and then by jumping into our own.

 

Twisted Holiday Stories

The holiday season brings out the wacky and wonderful in everyone. Writers will focus on compelling storytelling as they explore character development and conflict. We'll share and offer feedback, as well as read holiday stories by David Sedaris, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and more.

The Heart is a Badass Hunter

This workshop will give writers the opportunity to have fun with Valentine and romantic tropes. We're going to focus on crafting stories that twist, warp, and smash those romanticized romantic notions.

Teen Novelist Intensive: A Novel Group!

Our ongoing writers' group

 

This intimate intensive is for teen writers already with longer works in progress. We will meet weekly to discuss each other's work, offer honest feedback, and work through the many stumbling points of the writing process. Each writer will meet individually with a coach in addition to the weekly group meeting. In addition to working regularly on their own writing, writers are required to read each other's work each week in order to help their peers move forward.

adults

FALL 2020

adults

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Women Writing Among Women

Creative Personal Narratives

Whether it's about motherhood or menopause, the decisions to work, stay home, change careers, or figure out what we want to do when we grown up; about being single, newlywed, or married for decades; or about life as a female (and all that entails!), you will have the opportunity to explore your experiences, thoughts, and skills in this intimate group. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for experienced and novice writers to stretch their skills as they explore moments from their lives and tell their stories while connecting with other women. Personal narratives combine essay with creative writing. The result is poignant, vibrant writing that celebrates the writer. Finding each writer's unique voice and helping her discover the larger impact of chosen moments is one of several goals. Laughter and a few tears assured.

For: All women regardless of age or experience

Dates: Six Wednesdays, 2-hour sessions, starting in October. Dates and Times TBA

Price: $360

"With her encouraging and thoughtful demeanor, Wendy brought out the best in me as a writer, reader, and thinker."

 

--Noah, Chappaqua, New York

"Wendy taught me how to transform my scattered thoughts into a flowing personal narrative that spoke true to me. Between brainstorming, writing, and editing, she elevated my abilities as both a thinker and a writer while also helping me navigate this critical college application process. I am so thankful for her help in getting into my first choice school."

 

  -Eddie Tu

Pleasantville High School, class of 2017

Harvard University,  class of 2021

Not only does Wendy instill the zest for writing, but she somehow weaves in style, grammar, structure, and composition. Wendy gave my daughter a direction, passion, confidence, and most importantly, a voice.

-Erin Sheridan

Briarcliff Manor, New York

“Wendy was instrumental in helping me focus my college essay. From the jumble of ideas that was my first draft she helped me organize my thoughts and figure out what I wanted to say and how best to say it. She never just told me what to write, she helped me figure out how to say what I wanted to say. My essay came together really well and kept a strong consistent narrative voice throughout thanks to her.”

 

— Julia, Masters School

Oberlin College

"Once I started actually writing- pen to paper- the words just started flowing."

 

-Patrick Doherty,

Wesleyan University, Class of 2023

"Writing became FUN again! The creative mood and feeling of safety to try different types of writing and then actually share it is something I'll always be grateful to Wordcraft for."

-Ella F.

Rye Brook, N.Y.

"When I began to brainstorm [my college essay] in July, I was overwhelmed, terrified, and uninspired. After one meeting, I had a multitude of fantastic original ideas that not only displayed my college-worthy qualities, but did so with humility. I came to Wordcraft with a mosh of rough drafts and unfinished sentences and you were able to guide me to polish my misaligned sentiments into a beautiful essay."

-Mia Dillon,

Pleasantville, N.Y.

 

"I was pretty annoyed when my mom signed me up for a Writer's Workout in the middle of the summer, but I had so much fun and learned grammar rules I had never heard about before.  My writing got stronger little by little. It was cool when I started to prep for the SATs and realized that I knew a lot of the rules already because of my Wordcfraft workshop."

-Daniel W,

Chappaqua, N.Y.

 

"I was really nervous and quiet on the first day! By the middle of the week, I didn't want the workshop to ever end. I took creative writing, which focused on character development and storytelling, but the skills I learned helped me with all my writing once school started."

-Sarah L.

Ossining, New York

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